TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Scott Alexander Volume 2

Season 02 | Episode 14

Scott Alexander Volume 2


Part 2 of Scott Alexander (Ed Wood, American Crime Story)’s stroll through his comedy faves. Check out Part 1 here!

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

A Night In Casablanca (1946)
The Big Store (1941)
Animal Crackers (1930)
A Night At The Opera (1935)
The Day of the Locust (1975)
A Day At The Races (1937)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Faces of Death (1978)
The Out-of-Towners (1970)
The Out-of-Towners (1999)
Death Wish (1974)
Coogan’s Bluff (1968)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943)
Ed Wood (1994)
Zelig (1983)
Take The Money And Run (1969)
Bananas (1971)
Sleeper (1973)
Love and Death (1975)
Nashville (1976)
Zardoz (1974)
The Omega Man (1971)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Mr. Ricco (1975)
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
The Love Bug (1968)
Herbie Rides Again (1974)
Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo (1977)
Snowball Express (1972)
The World’s Greatest Athlete (1973)
The Boatniks (1970)
Million Dollar Duck (1971)
The Barefoot Executive (1971)
That Darn Cat! (1965)
That Darn Cat (1997)
Problem Child (1990)
The Pink Panther (1963)
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
The Party (1968)
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)
The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)
The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
The Man Called Flintstone (1966)
That Man From Rio (1964)
Mad Monster Party? (1967)
Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas! TV special (1966)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
Willy McBean and His Magic Machine (1965)
The Land That Time Forgot (1975)
The People That Time Forgot (1977)
At the Earth’s Core (1976)
King Kong (1933)
The Last of Sheila (1973)
Sleuth (1972)
Sleuth (2007)
Deathtrap (1982)
Real Life (1979)
Modern Romance (1981)
The Stunt Man (1980)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Altered States (1980)
Return of the Ape Man (1944)
The Fall of the Louse of Usher (2002)

Other Notable Items

The Marx Brothers
You Bet Your Life television series (1947-1961)
Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo: A History of the Marx Brothers and a Satire on the Rest of the World by Joe Adamson
The Marx Brothers Scrapbook by Richard Anobile
The Uncle Don outtakes (since disproven)
The Out-of-Towners composer Quincy Jones’ excellent composing filmography
The filmography of Mel Brooks
TFH Guru Alan Spencer
Alan’s Sledge Hammer! television series (1986-1988)
The filmography of Woody Allen
The cinematography of Gordon Willis
Disney uber-star Dean Jones
Blake Edwards’ films with Peter Sellers
Buddy Hackett
The two Dicks of the Bewitched TV series (1964-1972)
The ubiquitous Jean Rochefort

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.